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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ales recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew.

Editors Note: due to the significant similarity in style and strength from year to year (despite potential differences in the exact spice blend), this beer is no longer separated by vintage.

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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 From 2012 bottle: dark brown pour off white head. aroma of christmas in the best way possible. ginger bread cookies cinnamon slight hint of clover not super sweet light other beers.well balanced aroma; i could smell this beer for hours. very bready brown ale taste that moves to holiday spices like the aromas above. Warming but no hint of alcohol. this beer tastes like a well made ginger bread house. the only bad thing is the taste doesn?t hold up to the aroma. still good tasting but i had hoped for more. 2013 on tap has less ginger break and more green herbs like fennel and sage. I think I like the 2013 version better than the 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 1, 2013
Spruce, Cinnamon, Licorice, Spices and Malts. The flavor itself reminds me of Christmas and and Pine Trees. Body is light and carbonation is just right, giving it a easy and crisp drinkability. Overall one of the best Winter Warmer ales Ive had yet!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. Sweet, spicy, malty aroma, and flavor follows well. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the flavor, but there is still a nice maltiness and body to it. Fairly balanced, but with a slightly watery but still thick body. Great for the season, but not something Id want year round. So I guess they got it right.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2008
06 Magnum. Shared with some friends during 08 new year. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a creamy tan head. Has excellent lacing. Hints of sweet potato pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, honey) some hop, lots of malt. Finishes thick with a creamy spice taste on the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (515) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle 1.5L poured to wine glass Appearance: Amber with medium off white head, minimal lacing Aroma: Malty Taste: Bitter, very good follow through Mouthfeel: creamy, a bit over carbonated Overall: Very good beer drank: 1/8/2017

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Dark ruby with a small head from the bottle. I could not place what I now read as the spice/herb/vegetable. Im still not sure of what that is. A little dry but it grows on you.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (512) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Een volle, zoetige en kruidige geur en dito smaak. Duidelijke aanwezigheid van hop. Ideaal om mee te stoven, maar vooral om te drinken. (2014-versie.)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2010 version on tap at the Saucer in San Antonio. Poured a cloudy, dark brown body with a lasting tan head that left lacing. Aromas of spice cookies, evergreen, licorice, malty, gum drops and is "differently complex". Flavors are similar to the aromas. Adds a floral hop bitterness and some bittersweet chocolate. Medium to full mouthfeel. This years verision seems less chalky than last years. Its growing on me....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from systembolaget, Christmas beer tasting. Helsingborg, November 2011.
Aromas of Christmas spices , wood, bitter grass and some malts. A light alcoholic note enriching the complexity. Weak body that doesnt really carries the taste through. Spicy with a light sweetness. Short bitter finish.


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